Gambling Guinea’s MLB Slate- 6/22:
An absolute hatchet job from the Braves Mets play leaves JohnnyVTV gulping Listerine by the gallon after the Mets scored on a wild pitch with 2 outs on Monday to get the bad taste out of his mouth, which was followed by a Pete Alonso ground out that would have ended the inning with a total of 0 runs, making it another victory. Regardless, Houston did their part to bring yesterday to a 1-1 total. Back for more today.
White Sox F5 -0.5 -118 (FD)
Riding Ol’ Faithful once again. The White Sox had their cage rattled against the Houston Astros to end last week, after they were swept in a 4-game set. With Cleveland gaining on them in the AL Central, a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates could be just what the doctor ordered to restore some confidence and wins to this franchise.
CWS remains the MLB’s best first half team in the league this year at 41-17-14. Getting rocked by a contender like the Astros is hardly shameful, unless you’re contending hopeful like the White Sox envision themselves as. Either way, it’s back to business for the south side of Chitown as they travel to the Burgh where the dismal Pirates await their arrival with bells on. Towing the rubber this evening is a relatively resurgent Lucas Giolito looking to rectify his early season struggles. Facing Tyler Anderson and his compilation of difficulties himself, Chicago should be able to knock around Pittsburgh early on as they sport an out-of-this-world 18-39-13 F5 record in 2021.
Following suit, the value and data suggest the White Sox beating the Pirates by 1 or more run(s) through 5 innings is a strong bet Tuesday evening.
Astros F5 -0.5 -132 (FD):
A slam dunk, take it to the bank lock on Monday. No reason to deviate from the winning formula on Tuesday. The books have taken notice however as the line is up to -132 compared to yesterday’s -118. Regardless, it’s standard operating procedure for the streaking Houston Astros.
After notching yet another first five W, the ‘Stros look to continue the slaughter of the baby bird Baltimore Orioles with ace Zack Greinke on the bump this evening. The 10 run shellacking they put on the O’s only further feeds the confidence of one of the MLB’s hottest offenses. Luckily, H-Town has the distinct honor of squaring off against Baltimore’s Jorge Lopez, proud owner of a dazzling 5.95 ERA this season.
Again, it’s hard not to love this trend and value for Houston to not once again win the first half of this ballgame by 1 run or more. Let’s not overthink it.
Giants ML +115 (MGM):
A plus money road dog? Definitely heard of her! The best team in baseball travels to southern California to meet the decade long underachieving LA Angels tonight.
Backing the top ranked Giants to win is one thing, but when they are GETTING MONEY to do it, that’s a whole different kind of joy. SF sits at a respectable 22-16 on the road in 2021, while they possess an uncanny 25-5 record as underdogs. Scoring 45 runs in their previous 5 outings supplies a sense of confidence in their red hot offense against Angels’ starter Andrew Heaney and his 5.04 home ERA this season. For the G-Men of the MLB, Anthony DeSclafani (fellow paisan) travels with not only his toothbrush, but a concrete 2.12 road earned run average this year. A vastly superior pitcher on the road this season, it’s quite plausible DeSclafani shoves against an Angels team that stands at 17-24 as favorites this season.
Not exactly sure how the Giants are a dog tonight, but backing them to stay hot at plus money has to feel like an early Christmas present right now, no?